The Newsletter Link between Willingdon Community School & Home. Issue 109 June 2008 Editorial School Re-Designated as a Specialist School. Offer of Second Specialism. I am delighted to report that following the submission of our new 3-year School Improvement Plan to the Department of Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), we have had our Media and Visual Arts (MVA) specialism reconfirmed until our next inspection. Each specialist school was granted its specialism and the related additional funding for a 4-year period, at the end of which they had to re-apply, with proposals for the next stages of development and an evaluation of the first 4 years. Not all schools are granted a continuation but I am pleased to say that we have been, and without any amendments to our proposed plans. This means that we continue to attract the additional funding that comes with specialist status and shall be able to build on the MVA achievements of the first 4 years. Excellent news! In addition, the DCSF have written to us, indicating that because of the fact that we have now achieved High Performing Specialist School status, they are offering us the opportunity to take on a second specialism, which would bring further, additional funding. It is early stages but we shall be in discussion with the DCSF and other authorities over the coming months, looking at the options available to us, eventually making a decision which will focus on how we can further improve our provision. We shall keep you informed. 2007-08 and Beyond This is the last edition of Contact for the year but there is still a considerable amount happening between now and the end of term on 23 rd July. The list of events, many of which you are invited to, is included later on. I hope you find the time to come along as you will be most welcome and will enjoy them, I know. All years in the development of a school are significant but I think that 2007-08 could justifiably be seen as a year in which some highly significant events and achievements occurred, which mark a dramatic move forward for the school. The outstanding examination achievements by our students last summer set the tone for a year in which we received an excellent Ofsted inspection report, were re-designated as a specialist school, achieved High Performance Specialist School status, have been offered the opportunity to take on an additional specialism, achieved two awards for our high standards of achievement and value added (including one placing us in the top 20 schools in the country), established the Polegate and Willingdon Schools‘ Federation, completed the installation of interactive whiteboards in all classrooms and now have prepared our improvement plan for the next 3 years. Editorial continued... This plan is currently being scrutinised by the governors and when that has been completed I shall share the key themes with you at the start of next year. Next year presents us with new challenges. As well as investigating and deciding upon a second specialism, we shall be introducing in Year 10 the first of the new 14-19 qualifications, known as Diplomas. From September our first small cohort of students will be studying either the Construction or Engineering Diploma, doing two days a week of their Diploma work at Sussex Downs College. Over the next few years we shall be introducing a further 11 Diplomas in KS4, which will offer a range of vocational options with learning taking place at a number of different institutions. This is an exciting development for students and the school offering different qualification pathways into Further and Higher education. We shall also be taking the Polegate and Willingdon Schools‘ Federation (PWSF) forward, developing our links and work with the two schools and improving educational chances for children right across our area. Whilst much of the work will be developed within the PWSF, the outcomes will be shared with all our feeder primary schools. The other big challenge for us next year is that as a result of the change in admission criteria, this year, we have been asked to take an additional 20 or more students into Year 7 from September. We are reluctant to do this because of the school‘s capacity but have been obliged to do so. This will add some pressures in Year 7 and around the school but we do believe that we can manage the growth without any detriment to our standards and achievements. Farewell It is the time of year when, reluctantly, we say farewell to a number of staff who shall be leaving at the end of term. Foremost amongst the departures is Phil Tomlinson (Deputy Head). Phil was appointed to the school, 14 years ago, shortly after I started. In that time he has fulfilled a number of roles as Deputy Head, being a most loyal and incredibly able senior leader who has had a real and lasting impact upon the school and its development. The list of his achievements are too numerous to list but prominent amongst them were his leadership of our successful bid to become a specialist school, the development of many of our behaviour management systems, policies and strategies, the development of the school‘s extended services, the development of media studies within the curriculum and the radical development and investment in ICT which has established the school‘s ICT systems amongst the best in the country. His attention to detail, intellectual rigour and gentle sense of humanity made him an outstanding Deputy Head who shall be sorely missed by me personally and by the school as a whole. I wish him well in his retirement. John Bateman (PE/SSCO) joined the school over 20 years ago as Head of PE, building a strong and successful department over the period of his leadership which laid the foundations for the department‘s current high status. John has been a dedicated member of the school, giving freely of his time to many a budding sportsperson and creating a number of highly successful competitive teams over the years. More recently, John has developed the SSCO role, working with partner schools and organisations to develop sport across the wider community. His commitment to high quality competitive sport has been second to none and he will be much missed on the Willingdon playing fields. I wish him well in his retirement. Luke Sadler (PE/ Director of Student Progress, DoSP) is leaving to become an Assistant Head at Bexhill High School. Luke started his teaching career at Willingdon and became a highly successful and popular teacher of PE, contributing significantly to the development of PE in the school and running a number of very successful school teams. More recently he has been an outstanding DoSP leading the welfare and progress of a variety of different year groups, often taking on new groups to help out the school. ...Continued over page Editorial continued... In this area he has become an expert in pastoral and academic management contributing significantly to the life chances of many a student. He richly deserves his promotion and we wish him every success in Bexhill. Kate Risseeuw (Head of the Hearing Support Facility) leaves us to become Deputy Head of the county Service for Children with Sensory Needs. In her time at the school Kate has developed the HSF into a highly successful unit for deaf children, integrating them fully into the life of the school and ensuring that they achieve success both academically and socially. Kate‘s influence in ensuring that the HSF is fully part of the school has been paramount. Her contribution beyond the unit to the wider development of SEN, teaching and learning, pastoral welfare and the curriculum has established the unit as an exemplar of inclusion, acknowledged by HMI and Ofsted. She too, richly deserves her promotion and we wish her every success in her new role. Alison Welch (Teaching Assistant) has left to take up another post after 6 years at the school. Alison‘s work in the SEN department and in particular working with students in English contributed hugely to the learning of many students who found learning more difficult than others. Her sense of fun, thorough professionalism and wider contribution to the school will be much missed. Vicky Elliot (Cover Supervisor) is not exactly leaving but is finishing with her current role and has already taken on the post of Transition Teaching Assistant, working at Willingdon Primary School as well as here, helping students in the process of transition from KS2 to KS3. Vicky was our first Cover Supervisor and helped establish the role in the school, for which we are very grateful. We wish her well in her new role. Marion Salmon (Science) has been teaching part time at the school for the last three years and has added a significant dimension to the Science department. We shall miss her cheery presence and wish her well for the future. We also say a very fond farewell to two staff who have been covering for maternity leaves since the start of term 3. Paul Honeyford (English) and Paul Russell (Music) have, in a very short time, become very much part of the school and shall be missed for the swift and accommodating way they have picked up the reins with their classes, contributing significantly to the development of their departments as well as the learning needs of their students. They have also played a full and valued part in the wider aspects of the school. We wish them well in their next jobs. We also have one temporary departure. I wish Autumn Fay (Head of Reprographics) a very successful and enjoyable maternity leave which she starts this week. We look forward to her return in a year‘s time. In her place, for the extent of her leave, is Liz McCabe, whom we welcome. …and finally I should like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support and commitment to your child and to the school over the year. We work hard to get things right and to improve all the time and you play your part in that process. We don‘t always get it right and sometimes get it very wrong but it is the relationships that are important and make things work. I thank you for making those relationships work which ultimately ensure that the school improves and your children get the best possible education. I wish you all an enjoyable summer holiday when it comes… and a warm one too! Ian Jungius School closes at 1pm Wednesday 23rd July 2008. The school will re-open on Thursday 4th September to Years 7, 10 & 11. Friday 5th September school opens to ALL students. Happy Holidays! Media and Visual Arts Specialism Update... Place and Space - a new creative outreach project in partnership with the De La Warr Pavilion Community Arts are delighted to be working with the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill to offer artist-led workshops for ten rural primary schools in the Wealden and Rother districts. Working with a professional photographer, the KS2 classes will take inspiration from newly commissioned work from Turner Prize nominated artist Nathan Coley, who will be Jim Edwards delivering a workshop at exhibiting at the gallery over the summer. the first Access All Areas at the De La Students will have the opportunity to Warr Pavilion explore themes around our environment and how it comes to represent the values, beliefs and ideas of the society who builds and uses it, looking at their own school in both the past and present. All the workshops are being offered for free thanks to funding from Arts Council England as part of the architecture08 South East Festival. Everyone is encouraged to visit the De La Warr and the Nathan Coley exhibition. Totally Animated Evening classes in Chinese Festival Photoshop Community arts continues to offer training with Willingdon Staff and members of the and workshops in co mmunity have be e n animation and is excited Primary School learning new skills in digital to have been able to Community Arts are image manipulation using support the following: pleased to have Adobe Photoshop. The course Polegate Primary with the donated a small offered for free over ten purchase of new software amount of funding weeks, in our media suite, for its animation suite, Yr towards the exciting marks the end of the second 6 at Stafford Junior Chinese Festival being year of adult education School with a days planned by Willingdon classes. Community arts animation during their Primary School, to plans a much bigger activity week on a include, amongst programme of events and Cowboys and Indians other delights, a courses in 08/09 including theme, Yr 3 at Willingdon gigantic Chinese first aid, website design, Primary School make dragon, which will digital photography and video animations of The Jolly lead a parade from editing. If you would like to Postman and Yr 2/3 their school to ours! see a course being offered or students at Oakwood would like to register your Primary School with two interest, please email Marina: day workshops both at email@example.com- their school and ours. The sussex.sch.uk results will be screened during our annual art exhibition. Our Space Pavilion young people’s workshops At the time of going to print the first workshop in the newly opened Our Space Pavilion will have been held. A series of three Saturday workshops are being run for 30 young people from all over the Eastbourne, Polegate, Hailsham and Uckfield. Led by a film maker and textile artist, they will make their own work in response to the sculpture, which will be displayed during our annual art exhibition. Artist Will Nash building the gabion wall in the Our Space Pavilion The artist Will Nash checking out the installation from the school roof The Our Space Pavilion opening The installation of the Our Space Pavilion during the spring break Media and Visual Arts Specialism Update... BMPD network event Blue Monkey Professional Development (BMPD) was established by two local artists in 2007 and since its conception has received advice and financial support from community arts. As a result the first local artists network was set up and several networking and training events have been run for the benefit of over 300 local artists. The next series of talks are based on the theme ‗Working as a Freelance Artist‘ and includes working with galleries, commissions and artist-led projects. The first talk, on June 24th, is to be hosted in the Our Space Pavilion at the school, where Will Nash and Marina Castledine will present on working in partnership with organisations. For further information or to book a place visit http://www.bmpd.org.uk Charleston Summer Arts Awards Access All Areas School Great news for one of There is still time to our students, Dan Plans are afoot for the third East book a place on our Dunbar, working Sussex Youth Arts Festival on summer school, to be towards his silver 30th, 31st October and 1st held at Charleston, lever Arts Award. Dan November. If you want to learn home of the has harboured a how to DJ, take lessons in street Bloomsbury artists, passion not only for dance from some top from 11th-15th August. film and photography, professionals, make your own You will have the but the Fire Service, film, learn animation and watch chance to work with for a long time and some fantastic performances, to artists on all sorts of with a lot of hard name just few events then put projects which could work has secured the date in your diary now! include filming, permission to film decorating furniture, both at the East creating a unique guide Sussex Fire and to the gallery and even Rescue Headquarters making a radio station! and the local Fire Everyone is welcome. Station. Working with To book your place and a professional film for more information maker, Dan will please visit: create a documentary www.charleston.org.uk. on ―what happens If you need assistance when you call 999‖. with fees, please speak On a recent visit to to Marina in the the headquarters, he community arts office was shown round the Learning street dance with JP or email her on call centre and spoke from Strictly Dance Fever, part of mcastledine@willingdo to some of the the Time Out inclusion project, in n.e-sussex.sch.uk operators. It is hoped partnership with Children‘s that the film will be Services, Archery Youth Centre ready in time for the and community arts. annual 999 display in July. The support and access he is being given is fantastic and many thanks go to ESFRS. Year 9 GCSE Art This year the Art department saw 12 Gifted and Talented year 9 students take an Art GCSE Short course which is equivalent to half of one full GCSE. This meant that they had to focus on developing their art making skills both within and outside Art lessons to push their work to GCSE standard, within a very tight time frame. As well as completing one unit of coursework during the year, based on Balinese masks, they had to complete an At Exam which involved working independently on a topic provided by the AQA Examination board. Work for this ranged from studies of Aboriginal and Japanese Arts and crafts to the decoration found on Anglo Saxon shields and armour. Each student worked incredibly hard and many produced drawings, paintings, printmaking, mixed media and three dimensional work of an outstanding quality. Several students within the group will go on to achieve A and A* grades and all will achieve at least a grade C. The completed work will be exhibited in the end of year Art Exhibition. This is what a few of the students had to say about their experiences of doing the course. Why did you choose to opt for the GCSE Short Course? Amber- ―I wanted to do the short course because it was good practice for my art GCSE. I also liked that all my work was being rewarded for something useful‖ Natasha - ―Because I thought it would give me a good insight to a bigger GCSE and also giving me a qualification‖ What skills do you think you learned through doing the coursework and the exam? Chantelle - ―I gained a lot of confidence doing the course. I also learnt to spend my time better to do my homework, which will help me when my homework load increases over the next two years‖ Amber - ―I learnt how to handle getting work completed for tight deadlines and handling with pressure. Doing both projects was also good for my confidence because I was being challenged‖ Did doing the short course make you feel any differently about yourself, your learning or about school? Amber- ―It made me realise that I can complete work in short amounts of time, before the project I wasn‘t sure if I could deal with it‖ What were the most difficult aspects of the course? Natasha-‖I thought the actual Aboriginal theme was quite difficult because I had to understand more about it before I could paint‖ Do you feel you had enough opportunities to ―do your own thing‖ choose your own areas of study and decide how you wanted to learn? Natasha- ―Yes because everything was my own—it was my design‖ Amber- ―Yes I do, we were able to express our own ideas and were guided when we needed it. I think it went well‖ Chantelle- ―Yes I felt I had loads of opportunity to do what I wanted, more than I thought I would before the Short course started‖ Students involved: Danielle Allen, Natasha Bissell, Chantelle Brook, Jessica Clarke, Lewis Cole, Becky Dack, Emer Edwards, Daniel Ellis, James Gladman, Amber Greasley, Jessica Hislop and Michael West Education Day to Graduate Fashion Week Thursday 12th June 2008 Earls Court, London Year 10 Students were able to see a live Fashion Show featuring some of the best collections by fashion graduates from universities across the country. This was followed by an audience with some of the leading names in fashion such as Henry Holland fashion designer and Richard Bradbury, Managing Director of River Island. Two of our students got to meet Henry in the flesh and were able to talk to him about his design work and career to date. Here are some impressions of their day in London:- ―We had a good day looking around and the fashion show was very interesting. The Q and A session was informative and we learnt a lot‖. Ally Bosly ―The day was inspirational , the catwalk designs were different and imaginative. The interview with famous designer and the panel of judges opened your mind to the future‖. Gemma Ridgeway 10AB ―It was a very enjoyable and informative day. The fashion show was quite interesting and it was great to look at other peoples designs. The question and answer session at the end was very useful as well. It made me think about my future possibilities‖. Amy Winwood 10AB ―We had such an amazing day, the best part must have been the fashion show, the costumes and designs were very imaginative. The day gave us all a bit of inspiration for the future‖. Rebecca Peasgood 10AB ―Our trip to graduate fashion week was highly enjoyable. It was very exciting to see all the students` work and the amazing designs and ideas. Earls court 2 was full of students from schools all over England looking round university students` work and admiring their designs. We then watched a fashion show followed by an audience with some famous editors and designers who answered our questions. I think the highlight of the day for me was meeting Henry Holland a famous designer who created a famous range of bold slogan t-shirts.‖. Alex Riddle Henry Holland, Fashion Designer and Willingdon Students Quail of a time in the Science Department! I have always had an interest in animals, especially poultry. In 2007 I thought of a school project which would involve my knowledge and admiration of animals. I thought of buying an incubator and hatching eggs in the school. I started thinking of ways in which I could raise enough money to purchase the incubator. I got my tutor group involved and we decided to have a cake sale. My tutor group all helped to bake cakes and sell them. By December 2007 we had raised £96, this was more than enough to buy an incubator. I went to talk to Mrs Burton as she is Head of the Science Tech Team and she was very helpful. She ordered the incubator for me and we decided to hatch quail (which is a type of small game bird). I thought it would be more interesting if we were to film the progress of the eggs throughout the 18 day hatching period. Mr Healey and Mr Wickens set-up a Webcam above the incubator, which filmed every 45 minutes. An incubator is a replacement for the mother bird, which sits on the eggs until they hatch, it keeps them warm which helps them develop. On the 28th April we put the eggs in and two and a half weeks later on the 16th May four of the six eggs hatched. The Webcam filmed every 30 seconds from the 17th day, so it caught the chicks hatching. I took them home and cared for them along with my other quails which I hatched at home. They are now three weeks old and are almost fully grown. I have decided to donate the incubator to the school for future use and understand that Year Ten are interested in using it for their Eco-Project. I would like to say a big thank you to Mrs Burton, Mr Healey and Mr Wickens, without them the project would not have gone ahead. Elliot Curryer The school has recently returned from their third successful school ski trip to St Johann/Alpendorf in Austria. In what can only be described as perfect conditions the students and staff on the trip had a fantastic time. Within the group there was a mixture of abilities, ranging from complete beginners to advanced group. By the end of the week everyone had made amazing progress. Most of the group were able to make it over to the famous „doughnut hut‟, where they faced the mouth-watering task of devouring the largest cream doughnuts known to man (well at least in that part of Austria) This year saw the first ever „Toupee Tuesday‟, which had all staff and students wearing headwear that managed to turn heads all over the slopes. Some staff went a stage further and came dressed as superheroes for the day! Once again the trip involved the annual disco with Seaford Head Community College, who are also in the resort at the same time. For the second year running it was Willingdon who managed to hold the dance floor for the duration of the disco. It would seem that the student‟s seem to look forward to the disco as much as spending time on the slopes. Despite many offers to try different ski resorts, it has been decided to continue the link with Snowslippers and the red white red ski school in Alpendorf, as the value for money is superb, plus the students love everything about the trip. Once again students experienced traditional Austrian bowling, sledging, and a visit to a thermal spa/ water park. In what is now an annual event, the trip was fully booked within 30 minutes of being opened to students. Within the price of the trip the students received a one hour dry ski slope lesson, as well as receiving a gift on the trip as a memento of their week away. Insurance is also part of the package. The trip gives students an ideal opportunity to learn new skills whilst also developing existing skills in an environment far removed from school. I would like to take this opportunity to thank both the students and the staff who make this trip a joy to organise and look forward to the smooth running of many more in the upcoming years. Mr Brennan Willingdon Whizzerds do it again! British Heart Foundation London to Brighton Bike Ride 2008 Sunday 15th June dawned sunny and bright (although it didn‘t stay that way all day!) and promptly at 6.30 am we loaded the trailer (kindly loaned by Eastbourne College – thank you) with our bikes and were driven by our very own Roy Taylor (thanks Roy!) to Clapham Common, and by 9am we were well on our way down the road towards Brighton. The crowds of cyclists are more of a challenge than the actual ride, especially for the first ten miles, but we made good time and got back to Brighton by 5.30, having used the facilities provided on the route to rest and recuperate on several occasions! It is always a good social event and there is great pride resting on whether or not you get up Ditchling Beacon without getting off and walking! Well done Miss Carr and Mr Heywood for managing it this year! The minibus was waiting to take us back and Di Critchlow-Skinner whizzed us back home in record time (thanks Di!). We all now boast medals announcing our success which we will wear with pride. Once again thanks to Eastbourne College for loaning the trailer, and to Roy and Di for getting us there and back. The riders were Mr Creighton, Miss Carr, Mr Heywood, Mr Holland, Clare Creighton and the two Sam‘s (with Clare and Mr H respectively). If anyone wants to support the British Heart Foundation by sponsoring us in retrospect, please send donations to the school with your house number and postcode so they can claim gift aid status. Dave Creighton “Willingdon Walkers” race for Breast Cancer Moonwalk & Race for Life 2008 Several members of staff from Willingdon completed the Race for Life held at Hampden Park on Sunday 8th June. This follows the successful completion of the Playtex Marathon Moonwalk by Miss Leonard, Mrs Townsend-Smith and Mrs Sadler held during the night of May 17 th. We are all in the process of collecting sponsor money for Cancer Research, and if you would like to help us, please send your donations to school. Well done to all competitors, including many students from school who took part, in raising money for Cancer Research. Babs Owen PE Enrichment day On the 11th June 15 year 8s, each recognised with different talents in areas of PE, spent a day at the University of Brighton. Here we had a fun filled day of different skills in different sports, using different areas of sport; cognitive, creative, social, personal and physical. These activities included dance, multi-skills, SAQ, team building, climbing wall and many more fun and exciting stations with different teachers and also students. We all learnt a lot from the day, and the students who came last year saw how much they had advanced, while the pupils for whom it was their first time realised how they could improve. Everyone enjoyed the whole day thoroughly and learnt a lot; thank you Mr Brennan and the other teachers and students who organised the day. Sports News... Congratulations to all the Year 10 students who participated in the recent Park College Games. Willingdon were one of only a few schools who managed to field teams in all four activities. The Boys basketball team were very unlucky to miss out on a semi final place after competing in tough group. The Boys football team were Willingdon‟s team of the day, narrowly losing 1-0 to Ratton in the final after some great performances in the group stages. The Girls netball team produced some great performances to progress to the semi finals where they were narrowly beaten by a strong Claverham team. The girls football were unfortunate not to win any of their games, must be given credit for never giving up, despite playing in extremely warm conditions. Congratulations to all students who participated. They were a credit both to themselves and their schools. Mr Brennan Young Sports Leaders Award The Young Sports Leaders course consisted of 9 weekly sessions ending with an afternoon teaching year 5 pupils from a local primary school, Willingdon Primary School. In the course we learnt what was needed to be a good leader and how to plan a lesson, extending our leadership skills. We did this by creating lesson plans with warm ups and main lessons, focusing on different areas of sport and how we can put this across to other students. The course ended with the year 5 pupils coming over to our school for an afternoon of sporting fun, the leaders paired up and led a 10 minute lesson to teach small groups, each with a different focus in sport. The afternoon was sunny and successful with the children and leaders having a great afternoon. We all enjoyed ourselves and learnt a lot from the course. Thank you to Miss Cook and Miss Graffham for organising the course. Stephanie Barnett Willingdon Schools Fantasy Football League Fantasy Football League Photograph taken by Jim Edwards 2007-2008 The fat lady has sung and now the Fantasy Football season has finished. All-stars are worthy champions congratulations to manager James Thomas and director of football Michael Honeywood. Josh Newton enjoyed F A Cup success. In the staff league it was very close until the final week with Mrs Clarke‟s Free Lions edging out Mr Healey‟s L A Galaxealey. Thanks to everyone who played and hope to see you next season and I look forward to doing better (than Mr Ellwood) at next seasons SFL! Mr Tracey James Thomas 8DC & Michael Honeywood 8MNS SUMMARY POS MANAGER TEAM YEAR PTS Pupil Leader 1 James Thomas A-allstars 8 476 Staff Leader 3 Mrs D Clarke Free Lions Staff 457 Year Leaders pevensey & west- 5 Jamie Baldwin 7 452 ham eagles 1 James Thomas A-allstars 8 476 2 Adam Baldwin baldwinz boyz 9 460 35 10WH Holland's Heroes 10 357 27 Daniel Goodchild Dan's barmy army 11 394 F A Cup Wicked 9 76 Josh Newton Careers Update On Tuesday 13th May a Year 11 Career Planning group presented Carla Jackson and Gloria Pasker, representing Help the Aged with a cheque for £43.02. Help the Aged also gave a short speech on what they do and who they help. They told us that they are helping the elderly in the Burma Cyclone. They also told us that there are 378 shops in Britain. Help the Aged is an international organisation who research needs, lobby parliament and provide aid for the elderly. There are seven divisions and they do not get any government funding or lottery money. To raise money they rely on selling house, car and pet insurance as well as clothes in many charity shops. 20% of elderly people live below poverty and one in three elderly people live in poor accommodation. Furthermore over 80% of elderly females are most vulnerable. Year 11 Career Planning Group CAREERS IN LAW AND MEDICINE Bookings are currently being taken for the following conferences: Improve your Chances of Becoming a Doctor – Saturday 31 January 2009 10am to 4.30pm and Saturday 14 March 2009, 10am to 4.30pm University College London Improve your Chances of Becoming a Lawyer – Saturday 7 February 2009 10am to 4.30pm, and Saturday 21 March 2009 10am to 4.30pm – The College of Law, London These events give GCSE and A level students the opportunity to gain practical advice on getting into university and the profession of their choice, find out about the career and its specialist fields, speak with solicitors, barristers/doctors and university students, discuss their academic options, alternative and related careers. For full details of the events, including costs and application forms, please see www.epoc.org.uk. Welbeck The Defence Sixth Form College Are you aware of the opportunities available to you? If you are considering a career as an Engineering Officer in the Armed Services or within the MOD Civil Service, look at the prospectus in the LRC. They annually recruit about 170 young students post GCSE‘s who have shown an aptitude to join one of the technical branches of the Armed Services or who would like to become scientific Officers for the Defence Civil Service. Entry is quite competitive for those students who are focussed at an early age on a military related career and by joining the college students gain an exciting and challenging start to their Engineering career within the MOD. Parents contribute only a ‗means tested‘ boarding fee to contribute towards accommodation costs and tuition costs at the college are free being financed by the MOD. The scheme ideally best suits those students who are likely to achieve a grade A or A* in Mathematics and Physics (or Dual Award Science) at GCSE level. The next entry is in September 2008 or you can make an early application if currently in Year 10 for entry in September 2009. Contact Linda Tilley, the Recruiting Administrator tel: 01509 891704 at the College should you require further information or further copies of the prospectus. www.welbeck.mod.uk and www.dsfc.ac.uk Students have been extremely busy trying to keep up with the demand from staff to supply them with their summer hanging baskets. After growing summer annual plants from seed successfully, students decided to demonstrate their enterprise skills by selling plants in the staffroom. This led to a visit to Saxon Plants in Hankham, where owner Gary Winwood gave his time generously and advised students of the plants that could be used for hanging baskets. Students were overwhelmed with the orders from staff and managed to produce in excess of 5 0 h a n g i n g baskets. All staff were extremely delighted with their purchase and we look forward to producing the same high quality baskets next spring! He l p ! S p o n s o r s N e e d e d ... We are almost coming to the end of phase 1 and look forward to officially opening phase one with a BBQ before the end of term. Erridge Carpentry have completed the decking and the pond liner will hopefully go in this week. Year 9 and 10 students have worked extremely hard in preparing the ground and digging out the pond. We would welcome any suitable plant donations from parents, businesses or any member of staff wishing to thin out their pond or herbaceous plants. We are now desperately looking for any business no matter how small or big to sponsor our work benches. If you are interested in sponsoring a bench or offering a small donation then please contact me at the school or email… Eco-Fact ―It takes a galleon of oil to make one fake fur coat!‖ BTEC Lifeskills... Our Day Out‖ On Tuesday 6th May, in glorious sunshine, the year 11 BTec group enjoyed a fun day out in Eastbourne to celebrate the end of their course. The trip was organised entirely by the students as part of the Travel and Transport in the Community unit. This included Health and Safety issues, completing a risk assessment, timing and the cost of the trip. We travelled by train from Polegate to Eastbourne and visited the Tourist Information office before having lunch and then returning to school. Well done to all students for all their hard work over the past two years. Mrs Ashton and Mrs Owen Modern Foreign Languages Department... Japanese Club Japanese Club takes place every Tuesday after school from 3-3.45pm and is run by Mr Honeyford. We look at Japanese culture and things that Japanese young people are interested in and will practice various Japanese pastimes (origami, ikebana, etc) We are also learning some Japanese phrases, such as how to introduce ourselves and for the brave amongst us are beginning to learn to read and write simple Japanese. If you are interested in all things Japanese come along and give it a try! Ganbatte kudasai! Yea r 7 Fr en ch Les s on s These are two pieces of outstanding work from Year 7 students, Damilohu Sokale and Ieuan Evans who have never studied French in primary school. They have achieved a Level 4 in their written assessment—a fantastic well done to the two of them, and keep up the excellent work! MFL Dept. Mexico on our doorstep This week we had a Mexican visitor, Head teacher of a technical school in Xalapa, capital of the State of Vera Cruz, looking at the British Educational system in our school as they wish to implement new ideas at home. Our guest was delighted by what he saw and will be going home with a lot of ideas. The pupils were very keen and although Spanish is not taught at KS3 we heard a lot of“ ¡Hola Amigos! ¿Qué tal?” as we were walking in the corridors! On Wednesday, the “Mexican State Representative” also accompanied el Señor Arroyo around our school. They took part in an innovative lesson combining languages and geography. Mr Morris demonstrated successfully that both subjects could be taught very well together. Pupils and guests built a volcano model and the guests did a short presentation about their country and region. Before the lesson we had a short concert organised by the Music department and performed by the school band and both visitors were highly impressed by the quality of the orchestra. At the same time pupils from GCSE Spanish took the opportunity to present them with work they prepared beforehand: PowerPoint highlighting the differences in the educational systems, films about the school, area, interviews with teachers and students, and a wonderful representation of “The Long Man”, etc. Mr Arroyo went back with letters written by Y10 spanish which will lay the foundation for further linguistic links. They also used the three days to visit various departments, like D&T with Mr Heywood, English with Mr Honeyford, Mathematics with both Mr Berhane and Miss Carr, PE with Miss Leonard and Spanish with Mrs Smith. He also talked to Mrs Moore about the inclusion room and Mrs Rodgers about the effect of the Specialist Status on the Community and the school life. He stopped to speak to Mr Wickens about the VLE programme. A lot of the time was spent with Mr Jungius to get an understanding of the organisation of our school. We are now looking forward to develop and strengthen our links with Mexico. A huge thank you to all of you, students and staff who made his visit such a success! Humanities Department Thursday 22nd May 2008 Year 10 Leisure and Tourism visit to Thomas Cook On Thursday 22nd May 2008 a number of Year Ten Leisure and Tourism students made a morning visit to Thomas Cook in Eastbourne. The visit was designed to support the students understanding and exam preparation, which surrounds the role of a travel agent within the travel and tourism industry. The morning was a superb success, which involved a tour of the branch and the opportunity for students to pair up with members of staff as they carried out their morning duties and responded to customer enquiries. These activities were thoroughly enjoyed by both staff and students, particularly as the morning culminated with the students being allowed to carry out short role plays. These role plays involved two of the students looking to book a holiday and another student carrying out the booking as demonstrated earlier that morning by the staff at Thomas Cook. In light of a wonderful morning, Mr. Guyton, Miss Walters and the Year Ten Leisure and Tourism Students would like to thank the staff of Thomas Cook for their kind hospitality, which allowed us to make the very most of our visit. Mr. Guyton School closes at 1pm Wednesday 23rd July 2008. The school will re-open on Thursday 4th September to Years 7, 10 & 11. Friday 5th September school opens to ALL students. Happy Holidays! Tuesday 20th May 2008 Year 10 Geography Fieldwork visit to the Cuckmere Valley On Tuesday 20th May 2008 a number of Year Ten Geography students made a fieldwork visit to the Cuckmere Valley. This visit was made in conjunction with the University of Brighton as the day‘s fieldwork activities were led a number of students currently undertaking their Initial Teacher Training. Throughout the day students were encouraged to take part in a variety of learning activities, which ranged from the more conventional geographical fieldwork activities to those that were perhaps a little less conventional and involved students exploring the landscape through a murder mystery activity! The day, aided by fine weather built upon the successes of last years initial fieldwork day which has come about by the developing partnership between Willingdon and the University of Brighton. A partnership, which continues to help our Key Stage 4 students prepare for their GCSE exams both through fieldwork days and classroom based lessons, the latter, which is soon to follow as the trainee teachers return to the school to conduct a follow up lesson to the days fieldwork. The Geography Department and those students who attended the fieldwork day would like to thank all those involved in making the day a great, enjoyable success. The Geography Department Year 8 Coasts trip June 2008 Year 8 Geographers spent a happy half day on Eastbourne seafront as part of the Coasts topic. They had great fun measuring the beach and sketching the features as well as finding out that the bandstand may not be all that it seems! Intrigued, speak to a Y8 geographer to find out more! The Year 8s were excellently behaved and were a pleasure to take out. Once again we were lucky with the weather- Eastbourne really is the Sunshine Coast! Many thanks to all the staff who helped out. Miss Walters The London Children’s Ballet Congratulations to Anu Ogunmefun who was recently selected to dance with the London Children‘s Ballet. Anu successfully auditioned for a place with this company, and was selected to play the part of Miss Abbot. She spent many weeks travelling to London on Sundays for rehearsals. She was also interviewed by reporters from the Sunday telegraph for an article which was published, with a photograph, on 4th May in the Telegraph magazine. The performances of ―Jayne Eyre‖ were at the prestigious Peacock Theatre in London from 15-18th May and proved to be a great success. This has been a very successful year for Anu, she won her ballet section, and received The Cindy Harris trophy, for the highest mark in Greek dancing in her age group, in the Eastbourne Music and Arts Festival held in February. Hearing Support Facility On Monday 2nd June students who attend the Hearing Support Facility had the opportunity to be involved in a project run by Triangle, a group which is linked to the National Children‘s Homes. The focus was to find out the views and opinions of young people with disabilities. It involved thinking about the young person‘s likes and dislikes and their expectations and ideas for their future. These thoughts, from more than three hundred young people from all over the country, will be considered and used to make social events and activities more accessible and help to improve the future of these young people. The students used drawing and art based activities to express their views. They all enjoyed the opportunity to work together as a group and share their ideas. It was valuable in that students learnt something about each other they didn‘t know before and helped them to feel comfortable about expressing their ideas in a group situation. English Department... Yr 9 students perform at the Eastbourne Shakespeare festival On Thursday 22nd May a group of 11 year 9 students went to London to participate in the Eastbourne Shakespeare Festival. 8 schools from Eastbourne were involved. Each school performed a rehearsed section from „A Midsummer Night‟s Dream‟ to the others in The Cockpit Theatre, which is next door to Shakespeare‟s Globe Theatre. Despite some nerves, made worse by being the last to perform, it went well and we had a most enjoyable time. After this we had some lunch before going to The Globe Theatre to see the professional production of „A Midsummer Night‟s Dream‟ . This was fantastic and we all enjoyed ourselves. To end a great day we were lucky enough to have a question and answer session with one of the actresses from the performance – Sioban Redmore. This improved our understanding of performing Shakespeare and we would really like to thank everyone who made it possible, especially Mrs Horrod. The students who participated were: Lewis Cole, Michael West, Ashleigh Potter, Kyra Dinnage, Becky Dack, Luca Esporto, Liam Avery, Kurtis Barrow, Charlie Banks, Jenny Cooke and our prop co-ordinator , Kate Ronnie. Written by Jenny, Kyra and Kate Come and see our adaptation of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ performed during ‘ACT’, a drama showcase on the 16th July in the drama studio at 5pm Gifted and Talented EAST SUSSEX SPORTS AWARDS There was a Sports Award evening held on the 13th May at the Winter Gardens, where loads of young people and leaders were awarded for their sporting achievements. I was awarded with a national award; this means I got £150 for my sailing success. Many young people from across the county got loads of awards, ranging from county level to national and also leadership awards. Joe Russell was the only other person from our school who attended the sporting evening who achieved county level, where he was awarded £50 for his achievements over the last year in athletics. Next year hopefully more of you sportsmen and women will apply for an award! Nicola Boniface 10JMB Ba ck ga m m on on Gareth Jones AST - Gifted and Talented and 2 students from Hailsham gave their time to teach 17 gifted and talented students from yrs 9 + 10 backgammon. He was impressed with how quickly everyone picked up the rules of the game. The most complicated bit seemed to be making sure you went in the right direction. Backgammon is a fun and competitive game that everyone can play but get‟s very mathematical when you start looking at the techniques of the game – the experts keep a running total of the scores in their heads – far too clever for us at the moment but give us a couple of weeks to practise and we‟ll see! It‟s very popular in Europe and apparently you can often see people of all ages playing in a café or in a park. Once we got the hang of the game we were told some tips and tricks to help us score more points. It‟ll be good to use them in the future! Miss Carr‟s thinking about a backgammon club; there‟s a few teachers in the school who like to play and 17 beginners in yr 9 + 10, so if you‟d like to come and learn how to play, or if you already know how and would like to play in school let Miss Carr know. Editorial & Production Team Ian Jungius, Phil Tomlinson & Autumn Fay Willingdon Community School, Broad Road, Lower Willingdon, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN20 9QX T 01323 485254 F 01323 487779 E firstname.lastname@example.org Next edition of Contact will be issued during the third week of September 2008 Photographs taken by Sam Webb On Thursday 12th June saw the first ―You‘ve Got Talent‖ showcase held at the school. The showcase was open to all students in years 7-10 who wanted to display their talents. The event was organised by the Gifted and Talented School Council who took on the responsibility of organising posters for display, designing tickets, selling tickets, liaising with the participants, and organising the drama studio for the performance. We had 18 acts in the show ranging from singers, dancers, actors/actresses, musicians and comedians. It was clear from the level of performance that all the participants had put in a lot of time and effort in to polishing their performances. The Showcase was judged by a panel of judges who decided on the overall winner and 3 runners up. OVERALL WINNER: Matt Ginno (singer) Year 7 RUNNING: Holly Manning (singer) Year 8 Demelza Murley (chello) Year 10 Rainforest Dance (dance) Year 8 The event was a sell out, with 90 (lively) people in the audience including staff, peers, parents and family. Money raised from ticket sales will be donated to the schools rainforest charity and a local cancer charity for children. The overall winner and runners up will now represent the school in the Eastbourne Schools Grand Final on the 3rd July at ETC. Thank-you so much to all those staff, pupils and the Gifted and Talented Student Council who through all their hard work made this event such a success. It was clear from this event that Willingdon Community School has a wealth of talent……hopefully we will see more students entering the competition next year. Miss D Leonard, Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator Student Council... NE W GIRLS ’ TOILE TS Over the summer the girls‘ toilets are to be completely refurbished and during the last few weeks each Tutor group has had the opportunity to discuss the plans. These have been taken to the Year Councils and finally to Student Council who met with Mr. Webb, the Business Manager and Mr. Mason, the Site Manager, to discuss plans. All the points raised by Year Councils were discussed and the main ones are summarised below: The walls are to be tiled from floor to ceiling in a pale colour (to be decided at the next meeting) The colour of the cubicles is to be Loganberry with edging in Seaspray. This most closely reflected the colours suggested by Tutor Groups. There will be hooks on the back of the doors. The doors will also be lower to the ground than the present ones. The sides of the cubicles will also be higher, so privacy is ensured. The toilets are to be white ceramic not stainless steel, as this was unpopular. The toilet roll holders will also be placed so they are accessible to Year 7s, as well as taller Year 11s. The open drain will go forever! All the windows will be replaced. The floor will be non-slip quarry tiles. There will be mirrors above the basins as well as a makeup area and shelf. The students felt there should not be a fixed hairdryer as this might be a target for vandalism. There will be new hand dryers as well as better provision of soap. The water fountain will be removed according to new Health & Safety regulations and of course there is chilled water available in the dining hall. Even the colour of the bin was discussed but this will be decided when the colour samples for the tiles and cubicles are inspected. It was also agreed that there would be improved signs for both the girls‘ and boys‘ toilets as some Year 7s had said they were unsure where the toilets were when they first arrived. Every point was discussed in detail so the views of all year groups could be taken into consideration. The girls also discussed the importance of looking after the toilets as this is a considerable investment. It was pointed out that the girls‘ toilets in the English block have no graffiti or little damage and that the students would value these new toilets in the same way. This is something students and Year Councils will return to next year. The main girls‘ toilets will be closed for the last three days of term to allow building work to begin but the ones in the English block will be available. We‘re all waiting for the first flush of success in September! Maths Department... Junior Mathematical Challenge Thanking all 30 participants in the Junior Maths Challenge from years 7 and 8. Roll of honour: Gold Lucian Leveles- Year 7(Best in school) Bethany Reeves – Year 8 Laura Jones- Year 8 David Stevens- Year 8 Samantha McCulloch- Year 8 Silver Kieran Keeley-Year 8 Jacob Levett- Year 8 Daisy Pammett- Year 8 Lily Gatward - Year 8 Isobel Soave - Year 8 Tom Goodwin- Year 8 Paul Stevens - Year 8 Bronze Mark Paice- Year 8 Michael Honeywood -Year 8 Vanessa Gatward - Year 8 Mark Holmes - Year 7 Mia Hanlon -Year 7 Byron Milsom-Smith -Year 7 The UKMT Maths challenges are lively, intriguing papers designed to stimulate interest in maths in large numbers of pupils. They are tasks of reasoning and mental agility which can be taken without any special preparation or revision. Sample Question Which of these calculations is a multiple of 5? (a) 1 x 2 + 3 + 4 (b) 1 +2 x 3 +4 (c) 1 x 2 + 3 x 4 (d) 1 + 2 x 3 x 4 (e) 1 x 2 x 3 x 4 You can check your answer by using a scientific calculator; a cheap calculator may give an incorrect answer. Scientific Calculators are available from the Maths Department at a very reasonable price of £4.25. Mr Tracey Answer d General News... First Aid Supplies First aid supplies are very expensive. If you have an injury which has occurred outside of school or the previous day, it is not the responsibility of the school to continue to provide you with plasters, bandages, etc. We will of course help you on the day of an accident/injury by using R e a d y ! S t e a d y ! Co o k ! any medical supplies that you need. However, after We have had a brilliant 5 weeks that, if plasters are learning how to use knives, prepare continuously requested, a vegetables, cook starters, main meals charge of 10p per plaster and puddings (they were the best!!) in will be made. Also the readiness for an invitation only meal same rule applies to for 2 friends or parents of the bandages, these will be participants. We have had excellent charged at 75p. instruction from chef John Day, who Mrs Read has also provided all the recipes we Student Support Office have cooked, including Gazpacho, smoked mackerel pate, Caribbean chicken curry, pizzas, strawberry Reminder to cheesecake and chocolate pudding with chocolate sauce…..yum! We cooked for two hours, Students and taste tested everything we cooked to choose the Please return your books dishes we liked best. The participants were Katie to the LRC before the end Jones, Amy Blackwell and Tyler Connelly, all from of term. If you wish to 8KS, Ashleigh Potter 9CD, Ellie Pattison 9CT, Beth borrow some holiday Taylor, Illayda Ozluk and Maisie Gwilliam, all from reading please see Mrs 9HM, Jack Norton 11AB and Adam Devlin 11DL. Well Pellett done to all of them. Many thanks to Caroline Breach, the catering manager in Willingdon kitchens for her help also. At present we have been able to run two cookery courses each week but we know that there is a waiting list of people wanting a place. Hopefully we are going to be able to put on more courses when these two finish, so if you are still interested let Mr Tomlinson, Miss Smithers or Miss Carr know. Mrs Smithers General News... Southern Association Football Academy Horntye Park, Bohemia Road, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 1EX Academy Office: 01424 722070 Director of Coaching: 07971 163006 www.planet-safa.com *EXCLUSIVE £5 DISCOUNT OFFER FOR WILLINGDON SCHOOL STUDENTS* 4 day FA Charter Standard Holiday Course Willingdon Community School Mon 4th – Thur 7th August, 10am-3pm Boys & Girls up to 14 yrs Usual Cost: £65.00 (to include free 2008 design football) The Southern Association Football Academy (known as SAFA) is a well established and popular organisation providing quality football coaching to boys and girls up to 14 yrs. This year they have extended their summer holiday course programme to include Willingdon Community School as a new venue. All current students and Year 6 students attending Willingdon in September 2008 are entitled to a £5 discount off the usual course fee. Pick up a booking form from the School Reception or book online at www.planet-safa.com quoting reference WD5 and book your place for the discounted price of £60. All SAFA coaches are FA qualified, police- Traffic in and around school!! checked and hold First We have noticed an increasing Aid & Child Protection number of cars being driven Certificates. into the school grounds to drop students off at the start of the school day, when traffic P-I-C Vacancy congestion is at its peak. We We currently have a would kindly ask that these vacancy for a Parent drivers, whether they are Information Contact parents/carers or relatives etc, (P-I-C). The post do not access the school holder provides a grounds in this way, as not valuable contact for only does it add to the traffic parents/carers to be congestion in and around the site, but it potentially places able to access our students, staff and other visitors at risk. As our information on a student cyclists use the same entrance as car drivers do, range of services and it is imperative that we all mindful of the potential risks agencies. The associated with accessing the school grounds and there information is also have been a number of instances where cars have stopped available through the or been temporarily parked, inappropriately, particularly school website and at at peak times, which could have resulted in blocking or parents evenings. restricting access for emergency vehicles. If you are interested We would ask that those drivers avoid accessing the in finding out more school grounds and/or dropping off students immediately about this interesting outside the school gate, this will help ease congestion at position, please these peak times, and contribute to maintaining a safe contact either Phil Tomlinson or Andy environment for all. Webb at the school on Thank you for your co-operation. 01323 485254. ACT A drama showcase featuring: For your information... July 16th 5.00pm In the drama studio Tickets— £1 adults, 50p students School closes at 1pm Wednesday 23rd July 2008. The school will re-open on Thursday 4th September to Years 7, 10 & 11. Friday 5th September school opens to ALL students. Happy Holidays! Diary Dates July 2008 Monday 30th June Year 10 Work Experience Week Tuesday 1st July Year 6 Taster Day (Town) Monday 7th July Art Exhibition and MVA Week Tuesday 8th July Town Sports Wednesday 9th July Awards Evening Years 9 and 10 6.30-pm Thursday 10th July Art Open Evening / Awards Evening Years 7&8 6.30pm Lewes Year 10 Taster Day / Full Governors Meeting Sunday 13th July Paris Trip Monday 14th July Year 10 Enterprise Day Tuesday 15th July Town Sports Final Wednesday 16th July Sports Day / Drama Enhanced Showcase 5pm Friday 18th July (Reserve Sports Day) / Summer Concert and BBQ Sunday 20th July Year 8 Camp Wednesday 23rd July End of School Year. School closes at 1pm September 2008 Wednesday 3rd September School Open to Staff / INSET DAY Thursday 4th September School Open for Term 1 to Years 7, 10 and 11 Friday 5th September School Open to all students. October 2008 Friday 24th October End of Term 1 Maths Prize Draw… Congratulations! £25 1st Prize Louise White 10WH £20 2nd Prize Ayce Allcorn 7VV Winner of the Contact Maths puzzle from last terms edition is Laura Jones 8ADS!